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What happens if a lumbar puncture is done too high?

What happens if a lumbar puncture is done too high?

May hit cord: Doing an LP too high up in the back risks hitting the spinal cord, which can damage the cord. It is best to do an LP below the level where the actual spinal cord ends since the needle is designed to slide by nerve roots. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lumbar Puncture (Definition)

To test for meningitis or multiple sclerosis or a variety of problems, a small needle is inserted into the lumbosacral cistern to obtain spinal fluid for testing ...Read more


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Is it normal for a facet lumbar not to be done due the blood pressure bring too high?

Is it normal for a facet lumbar not to be done due the blood pressure bring too high?

If Steroid: Was gonna be used for the injection, your blood pressure becomes an issue. Steroid medication can raise your blood pressure, so if its too high already than you may be at risk for a stroke due to raising the blood pressure even more. If you are not optimized on your blood pressure medication, talk with your PCP about how to fix this. Once controlled you should be able to get the injection. ...Read more

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I told doc prior to LP that i had disc bulge at l5 and worried of irritating it. So he performed LP at L2/3, is this too high for it?

I told doc prior to LP that i had disc bulge at l5 and worried of irritating it. So he performed LP at L2/3, is this too high for it?

LP: Your disc bulge has nothing to do with the LP. The LP can be done at any level as it is being done only to obtain a specimen of the CSF for analysis. Doing it at L5-S1 will not irritate your disc. ...Read more

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I am having a thoracic epidural done this next week. Are these types of epidurals safe esp if a person is already falling a lot&if the hernia is bad?

I am having a thoracic epidural done this next week. Are these types of epidurals safe esp if a person is already falling a lot&if the hernia is bad?

Steroid: Thoracic epidural (steroid) is technically more difficult than lumbar but still safe in experienced hands. Image guidance, like fluoroscopy, makes the procedure easier. You may want to get a spine surgery opinion if you are having weakness or poor control of your bowel or bladder (especially with a severe disk herniation). Good luck. ...Read more

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What is success.On a spinal fusion rather then replacement is the procedure same amount risky? I'm scared by I do need one

What is success.On a spinal fusion rather then replacement is the procedure same amount risky? I'm scared by I do need one

Depends : Depends on the reason for fusion, the age of the patient , their medic issues . It really just depends on a lot of things. I would ask the bone doctor your question. ...Read more

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Many years ago I had spinal taps to relieve high spinal fluid pressure. My symptoms are back. Is there a less painful way to treat this today?

Many years ago I had spinal taps to relieve  high spinal fluid pressure.  My symptoms are back. Is there a less painful way to treat this today?

Pseudotumor cerebri?: Ask a neurosurgeon. There are procedures such as making tiny windows in the sheath around the optic nerve that may help greatly. ...Read more

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A year after going to a chiropractor for herniated disks I find myself very noticeably taller. Did the adjustments do that & is this growth permanent?

A year after going to a chiropractor for herniated disks I find myself very noticeably taller. Did the adjustments do that & is this growth permanent?

Chiropractic adjust: Regular chiropractic adjustments can improve posture and help correct mild curvature of spine- this can lead to the ability to comfortably stand taller thus creating feeling of being taller. Herniated discs typically lead to hunched posture ...Read more

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When glucose is low you can eat, is there a quick fix when it is high?

When glucose is low you can eat, is there a quick fix when it is high?

Insulin: If you manage your diabetes with insulin, then you should have a fast-acting (like regular) and instructions on how many units to inject for a given sugar level. If not, and otherwise healthy, lots of clear liquids (sugar-free only please!) can also lower your sugar via washout in urine. It won't go too low, as kidneys only "spill" sugar if >200 or so. ...Read more

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Orthopedic is there a way to corrrect a shorter leg and leg is turned outside from a knee dislocation at a very young age for this 22 y/o male...Any doctors that does this type of surgery just like a vet who turned the kitty legs because it was backwards?

Orthopedic is there a way to corrrect a shorter leg and leg is turned outside from a knee dislocation at a very young age for this 22 y/o male...Any doctors that does this type of surgery just like a vet who turned the kitty legs because it was backwards?

THERE : There are answers to both problems. If all is intact above the tibial plateau (if you are talking about the same leg), a leg lengthening can be done up to a certain degree, and a derotation osteotomy can also be done. Gaining lenght is more limited than derotation. Both have limits and risks. If done at the same time more so. It can be done and it depends why you want it done. For function ok, cosmetic reasons no. Remember there is no problem so bad in orthopedics that it can't be made worse by surgery! ...Read more

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Is a hysterectomy necessary due to a low laying placenta. Am only 26, what can be done to avoid that procedure...

Is a hysterectomy necessary due to a low laying placenta. Am only 26, what can be done to avoid that procedure...

??? not enough info: If u have not had a csection then u would need a csection if the placenta is over the opening or within 2 cms of it, if u have had a previous csection then if the placenta stays there u may need a csection hysterectomy if u have what is called a placenta acrreta please discuss with your OB sometimes other procedures can be done to avoid the hysterectomy, like uterine artery embolization. ...Read more

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Can something be done about high hips? Sort of like a tibial osteotomy like procedure done on a person with high hips? Remove a wedge to lower hip?

Can something be done about high hips? Sort of like a tibial osteotomy like procedure done on a person with high hips? Remove a wedge to lower hip?

High Hips: Do not recommend surgery for this. Recommend seeking professional help as to why you would want to do such a drastic procedure on yourself. ...Read more

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I need a 2nd Lumbar Puncture due the possibility of IH. Because in the 1st they didn't take the pressure. Is this procedure safe, too often?

Spinal tap questions: This procedure is generally considered safe in an experienced doctor's hands. I would ask how many procedures they have done before. There is also the option sometimes of having interventional radiology do the procedure which might make it easier. There are always small risks with a procedure like that-since it is a very long needle entering a deep space (bleeding, risk of infection, nerve damage) ...Read more

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I had a MRI done this is part of what it said C3-4 disc herniationstenosis with ap of 0.7cm? And indention on spinal cord Is this serious?

I had a MRI done this is part of what it said  C3-4 disc  herniationstenosis with ap of 0.7cm? And indention on spinal cord Is this serious?

Normal diameter 1.7: A disc herniation in the cervical spine can be a serious event. Your herniation is causing 60% stenosis. Indentation on the cord can produce permanent neurologic injury, especially if aggravated by motion or additional injury. Please discuss these results with your physician to determine the most prudent next steps. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a spinal tap last week read that my CSF total protien is 66 is suppose to be 45 and my album level is 37 suppose to be 25 ?

Spinal tap results: It's very important to interpret the results of a spinal tap or any other test for that matter in the clinical context of the patient. It sounds like the protein level in your CSF is slightly high - but I wonder if there was any blood contaminating the sample that could account for that. If you were having neurological symptoms, then I would hope a diagnosis could be reached to explain everything. ...Read more

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Is it a concern to have a glucose number at 94 and somewhat high glucose in urine? I don't feel bad. Also what does a high red blood cell count mean?

Is it a concern to have a glucose number at 94 and somewhat high glucose in urine? I don't feel bad. Also what does a high red blood cell count mean?

Incomplete info: Random or fasting blood glucose of 94 is not abnormal. If it was fasting, you need to be careful. High glucose in urine is of concern, even with "normal" blood glucose. How high is the blood count? PCOS is one of the risk factors for diabetes. It would be prudent to discuss these items with your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more